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Bamburgh Castle f.2

Bamburgh Castle f.2

Cartographer: Unknown

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1539

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii f.2

Length: 45

Width: 117.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a drawing of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, thought to date from the period 1539-47.
The states of defences were a matter of great concern at this time as Henry VIII feared an invasion from the combined forces of France and Spain. In 1538 Francis I of France, and Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain signed a peace treaty. This union gave rise to the possibility that France and Spain may combine forces to invade England. France was England’s historical enemy and Henry VIII’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon, Charles V’s aunt, had offended the militantly catholic King of Spain.

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